Our Pro Bono Partners
RLC is highly appreciative of the assistance and partnership of the following firms, each of which is connected to one of our key areas of law.
Ashurst – Credit and Debt Pro Bono Partner
Redfern Legal Centre’s credit and debt team continues its pro bono partnership with Ashurst. Lawyers from Ashurst provide assistance with advice and research for casework and community legal information, enabling the credit and debt team to take on more complex and difficult matters. They also accept referrals from the credit and debt practice, where possible. This partnership is an important resource for Redfern Legal Centre and we greatly appreciate Ashurst’s continued support.
Clayton Utz – Employment Law and Health Justice Partnership Pro Bono Partner
Redfern Legal Centre continues its highly successful partnership with Clayton Utz in the area of employment law, providing support for clients who have been underpaid or unpaid, representation in unfair dismissal and general protections conciliations and underpayment claims to the Federal Circuit Court. The scheme results in excellent outcomes for many of Redfern Legal Centre’s clients who would otherwise be unable to obtain representation and be unfairly disadvantaged in their disputes with employers.
Clayton Utz also supports Redfern Legal Centre’s innovative health justice partnership with the Sydney Local Health District, which delivers legal advice to people in a hospital setting and trains hospital staff to identify legal issues affecting their patients.
DLA Piper – Police Accountability Practice Pro Bono Partner
DLA Piper supports Redfern Legal Centre’s police accountability practice. DLA provides solicitors to help staff Redfern Legal Centre’s Monday night police accountability advice clinic, and assists with the practice’s advice and casework by drafting police complaints, undertaking research, developing resources and assisting in the investigation and conduct of test cases. The assistance provided by DLA Piper is invaluable to the police accountability practice.
Fragomen – International Student Legal Service NSW Pro Bono Partner (Visa Advice)
In Redfern Legal Centre’s targeted service to international students, effective legal advice often entails advice about the student's visa. Fragomen continues its pro bono partnership with Redfern Legal Centre by providing registered migration agents to attend Redfern Legal Centre advice clinics. Fragomen's expertise in migration law is a great asset to this service.
Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers – Domestic Violence Pro Bono Partner
Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers are the pro bono partner for Redfern Legal Centre's Sydney Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (SWDVCAS), accepting referrals for clients not eligible for Legal Aid and assisting with law reform and policy submissions. Importantly, Gilbert + Tobin also provide invaluable administrative support to SWDVCAS, scanning all of its intake forms and copying and preparing information packs for all of its clients. Redfern Legal Centre greatly values the assistance of Gilbert + Tobin in this important work.
King & Wood Mallesons – Tenancy and Housing Pro Bono Partner
Redfern Legal Centre's Inner Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (ISTAAS) is fortunate to enjoy continued support from the Human Rights Law Group at King & Wood Mallesons. Their invaluable legal advice and support has assisted us to provide representation for additional people in Tribunal matters. King & Wood Mallesons also provides assistance to the inner city community legal centres by providing a venue and support for the volunteer solicitors’ training program.
McCabe Curwood – International Student Legal Service NSW Pro Bono Partner
McCabe Curwood are the pro bono partner for Redfern Legal Centre’s state-wide international students’ service, funded by Study NSW to advise students in a range of areas of civil law, including credit, debt and consumer issues, employment, complaints against education providers, family law and housing. McCabe Curwood provides much needed legal support for international students, who often lack sufficient resources and knowledge of the Australian legal system to avoid exploitation and access justice.
Watts McCray Lawyers – Family Law Advice Pro Bono
Watts McCray has been providing family law advice to clients of Redfern Legal Centre on a weekly basis for many years, including in relation to divorce, children and property. Their support and expertise is invaluable to the people we assist, many of whom are victims of domestic violence and financial abuse. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Watts McCray for many years to come.
Lander & Rogers, McCabe Curwood and Wotton + Kearney – Pro Bono Advice Clinic Partners
Redfern Legal Centre conducts a weekly pro bono advice clinic with assistance from Lander & Rogers, McCabe Curwood and Wotton + Kearney. The clinic assists people experiencing disadvantage with a range of legal issues, including credit and debt, consumer and tenancy matters, review of government decisions, victims’ compensation applications, access to records and mental health and guardianship.
The partners not only staff the clinic under the supervision of Redfern Legal Centre lawyers, but also consider the referral of pro bono matters from the clinic or otherwise, where appropriate. Redfern Legal Centre greatly values these pro bono partnerships, which enhance our capacity to provide quality legal advice and assistance to people experiencing disadvantage.